Amanda Martinez is a singer-songwriter whose music exultingly blends her Mexican father and South African mother’s roots with Latin soul and folklore. Her sultry, bright vocals and upbeat sound get entire audiences on their feet around the world.
Her third and latest CD "Mañana" was helmed by GRAMMY-winning producer Javier Limón. Limón hails Martinez as "one of the greatest voices in the world."
Her songs have appeared on three Putumayo world music collections: Bossanova Around the World, Latin Dreamland and most recently, Cafe Latino.
Martinez has headlined at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in New York, at Toronto’s Koerner Hall and Winter Garden Theatre, at the Festival Centro Historico de Mexico and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Festivities in South Africa. She also performed a series of concerts during the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, as well as hosting several events. During the games, she also served as a torchbearer and as the honourary co-chair of the Ignite program.
In the media, Martinez hosted PANAMANIA-- a TV series she produced with CBC Sports that highlights Toronto's cultural scene. Martinez has worked as a radio host (launching Canada's JAZZFM91 Latin Jazz program), TV personality (BRAVO Arts & Minds, Star TV!) and actress (Regnesis and Disney's Life with Derek). She also hosts and co-produces Ingredients for a Good Life to promote Mexico to Canadians.
As a honourary ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages, she recently traveled to Namibia where she spent just over a week caring for a family of eight orphaned and abandoned children. A young mother of three, Amanda calls the SOS mission "a cause close to my heart."
In late 2014, she was chosen as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians by the Hispanic Business Alliance and the Canadian Hispanic Congress.